Fairfield Harbour Fishing Club does it again. The fishing club organized a fishing trip for our veterans on Thursday, June 29th. The event was spearheaded by John McClain and a team of fishing club members and their wives. John had been working to organize this event for nearly a year, trying to rebuild connections lost during Florence and Covid. John connected with Danielle Rose, Hope for The Warriors, and coordinated an invitation of 40 veterans/active members to participate in the fishing trip.
Hope For the Warriors is a national nonprofit founded by military families that provide resources and services promoting well-being, financial stability, and community connection for post-9/11 service members, veterans, and military families nationwide.
The fishing trip took place on Captain Stacy's 55-foot head boat for a half-day trip out of Morehead City into the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was slightly overcast, and the ocean waters were relatively flat when we started fishing. About 43 service members, including some families and 11 members from the FH Fishing Club, fished and helped the service members. It was a magnificent event that helped veterans more than you could imagine when looking from the outside. One of many members shared that he was under stress due to his elderly mother being hospitalized and the family dynamics. He said he needed this day to be with uplifting people; he was so thankful, as were many others. Plenty of fish were caught, and the day was a success.
Paula Mink and Carol Yuska set up and decorated the room to make our Veterans feel appreciated!
After the fishing trip, there was a lunch catered by Fat Fellas with lots of Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork, and all the fixings.
The family of one of the vets, their son, showed how large his fish was.
Some club members
If anyone is interested in finding out more about Hope For The Warriors program, their website address is: hopeforthewarriors.org
Steve Mink, President, FH Fishing Club